Roundup is a broad-spectrum systemic herbicide and crop desiccant used to kill weeds, especially annual broadleaf weeds and grasses that compete with crops.
In March 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that being exposed to Roundup is likely to cause cancer, even though Monsanto had previously marketed this product to consumers as being “environmentally friendly” and “biodegradable.” Roundup has since been linked to serious side effects, which include: Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, lymphocytic lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia and more.
Heninger Garrison Davis is investigating cases where individuals have used the popular product Roundup® and were diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL). Specifically, it’s believed that gardeners, farmworkers, landscapers and other agricultural workers could have been exposed to larger amounts of Roundup, and are at a higher risk for developing cancer.
NHL Cases: The First Legal Action
The first lawsuit against Monsanto ended in August 2018, with the jury awarding Lee Johnson $289 million. The judge reduced the amount to $78 million. Johnson developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after chronic exposure to Roundup. The jury found that Monsanto had failed to warn users about the potential carcinogenicity of the herbicide.
A second lawsuit, launched by Edwin Hardeman, began in February 2019. Hardeman had routinely used Roundup to treat his 56-acre property since the 1980s. He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2015. In this case, the attorneys for the defendant had obtained internal documents from Monsanto. They argued that the company had systematically influenced regulatory agencies and had deliberately acted to mislead the public about its herbicides. They also alleged that Monsanto had influenced and manipulated the findings of scientific studies about the safety of Roundup.
During this trial, it became clear that Monsanto had never even attempted to conduct a long-term toxicity study of Roundup. They had also “ghostwritten” several biased articles that claimed Roundup was safe.
The judge, during his instructions to the jury, said:
“there is strong evidence from which a jury could conclude that Monsanto does not particularly care whether its product is in fact giving people cancer, focusing instead on manipulating public opinion and undermining anyone who raises genuine and legitimate concerns about the issue.”
The jury unanimously agreed Roundup had caused Hardeman’s cancer and awarded him $80 million in damages and compensation. The judge later reduced the award to $20 million.
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The third lawsuit, launched by the Pilliods, began in March 2018. Both Pilliods, who are in their 70s, have been diagnosed with diffuse large B-cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Both had routinely used Roundup since the 1970s and had never used protective equipment while applying it. The instructions on the product don’t mention any risks associated with its use.
The jury awarded the Pilliods $2 billion in damages and compensation. A judge later reduced it to $86 million.
New Evidence of a Link Between Roundup and NHL
A study published in March 2019 provided additional evidence that Roundup is indeed linked to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The study, a multi-national collaboration, examined the medical records and Roundup exposure history of more than 300,000 agricultural workers. The authors of the study concluded that regular exposure to Roundup substantially increased the risk of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, particularly the diffuse B-cell type.
Other Roundup and NHL Cases
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At least 45,000 individuals have launched additional lawsuits against Monsanto, all claiming Roundup had caused them to develop non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. On April 12, 2019, a judge ordered Monsanto (which at this point was owned by Bayer) to enter mediation to settle these cases.
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In January 2020, rumors started to fly that Bayer was “open” to settling new cases rather than going to trial. Some experts think the company might be willing to offer around $10 billion to victims worldwide. However, the owner of a law firm that is conducting multiple lawsuits against Bayer has been refusing to settle. He is instead pushing for the trials to continue.
As of March 2020, nothing had been finalized. Either a settlement will be reached, multiple individual lawsuits will go ahead, or a class-action lawsuit combining all of the lawsuits will be filed. The victims of Monsanto will get the compensation that they deserve.
Frequently Asked Questions About NHL and Roundup Cancer Claims
At Heninger Garrison Davis, we understand that you likely have questions about your rights, legal options, and how you can file a claim if you developed NHL due to the use of Roundup. We’re here to answer all of your specific questions when you call us for a free consultation. We’ve also included the answers to a few frequently asked questions below:
A: Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a type of cancer that develops from your white blood cells. Symptoms include losing weight, night sweats, fatigue, and swollen lymph nodes.
A: It might. Most of the currently available evidence, however, has linked Roundup use to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
A: No one is sure. Most cases clearly linking Roundup to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma involve farmworkers, landscapers, or property owners who applied Roundup frequently and heavily. If you developed NHL and suspect that Roundup may have been the cause of your condition, contact a knowledgeable member of our team right away to discuss the specifics of your situation.
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If you or a loved one was diagnosed with any form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after being exposed to Roundup, please contact us. Even if you feel you are not ready to file a suit, consult one of our qualified lawyers as soon as possible so that you will know your options. Call us today for your free case evaluation 1.800.241.9779.